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HyVee Triathlon is ON baby – the swim is back

The Des Moines Register is reporting that the swim portion of THE last triathlon in the haul to the great wall where USA triathletes will race for the last Beijing Olympic slot, the one and only HyVee Triathlon, is going to STILL be a triathlon. If it came down to a committee I think Potts should get the slot (the girls side is way easier – Sarah Haskins).

Will the iwilltri.com video production team be on the ground? yes. Will we be getting interviews with all the hot shot pro triathletes? of course. Our hotel is located in West Des Moines (is that like the Upper West Side?) so now we are right in the middle of all the action. Text below:

Hy-Vee Triathlon restores swimming leg


Officials for the Hy-Vee Triathlon announced this afternoon that this
weekend’s event will include a water stage for amateur and elite divisions.

That means the top men’s and women’s athletes will be competing for the
final two spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Organizers feared they may not be able to have a swimming stage when heavy
rains caused the bacteria levels in the water to rise well above the
acceptable level of 200-parts-per million.

“We took our own readings, then (West Des Moines) took their readings, and
we compared notes,” said Chris Friesleben, Hy-Vee’s director of
communications. “The city’s readings were actually lower than ours. And ours
were way below 200.”

The swimming stage will take place at Blue Heron Lake in West Des Moines’
Raccoon River Park. The central location for the triathlon will remain at
Valley Southwoods School.

The event was already moved from Gray’s Lake in downtown Des Moines after the recent flooding.

“Right now, they are connecting the route, once they get out of Raccoon
River Park, to the already established bike route,” Friesleben said. “Once
they get back on to that route, everything stays the same.”

All activities will take place at the times already scheduled. Volunteer and spectator parking will be at Wells Fargo on Mills Civic Parkway. Athlete parking will be explained during the mandatory briefings each participant must attend before racing.

The Kids Triathlon for children ages 5-12 will remain a duathlon, which is a run-bike-run. It will be hosted entirely on the campus of Valley Southwoods.


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June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm
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  • June 19, 2008 at 11:04 amJohn Lynch

    Actually, in a last minute effort, USAT reported yesterday that they were working with race organizers in next month’s Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis to use as the final Olympic qualifier if the Hyvee race did not include a swim for the elites.

    Either way, it is going to be an exciting weekend for the US Triathletes!!!! All eyes will be in Iowa Sunday afternoon

    Dad, Sponsor, Triathlete and Business Owner

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